Janne Boone-Heinonen, PhD

Assistant Professor



BS (1997) Biology, Santa Clara University
MPH (2003) Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Oregon Health & Science University
PhD (2009) Nutrition Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Research Interests


I am interested in how individual and environmental characteristics influence physical activity, diet, obesity, and related chronic disease.  My current research investigates how maternal social and environmental factors interact with biological susceptibility to obesity arising during fetal development.  I have ongoing research on how neighborhood food availability, physical activity resources, community design features, and social aspects of the neighborhood contribute to physical activity, diet, and other behaviors in adolescents and adults.  My research includes work in large, national study populations as well as local study populations in Astoria, the Portland Metropolitan Area, and throughout the State of Oregon.

Methodologically, I use interdisciplinary cross-sectional and longitudinal statistical methods applied to population-based cohort studies to address methodological challenges of causal inference in obesity epidemiology. My research involves advancements in the application of epidemiological methods to obesity and related topics. 


Recent publications

1.Boone-Heinonen J, Gordon-Larsen P. (2012) Obesogenic environments in youth: concepts and methods from a longitudinal national sample. Am J Prev Med. 42(5):e37-46.

2.Richardson AS, Boone-Heinonen J, Popkin BM, Gordon-Larsen P. Are neighbourhood food resources distributed inequitably by income and race in the USA? Epidemiological findings across the urban spectrum.(2012) BMJ Open. 2(2):e000698.

3.Boone-Heinonen J, Kiefe C, Lewis CE, Shikany J, Gordon-Larsen P, Popkin BM. (2011) Fast food restaurants and food stores: longitudinal associations with diet in young to middle-aged adults: The CARDIA Study. Arch Int Med. 171(13):1162-70.

4.Richardson AS, Boone-Heinonen J, Popkin BM, Gordon-Larsen P. (2011) Neighborhood fast food restaurants and fast food consumption: A national study. BMC Public Health. 11:543.

5.Boone-Heinonen J, Gordon-Larsen P.Life stage- and sex-specificity in the relationship between the built and socioeconomic environments and physical activity. J Epid Comm Health. 65(10):847-52.

6.Boone-Heinonen J, Diez Roux AV, Kiefe C,Lewis CE, Guilkey DK, Gordon-Larsen P. (2011) Neighborhood socioeconomic status predictors of physical activity throughout adulthood: The CARDIA Study. Social Science and Medicine. 72(5):641-9.

7.Boone-Heinonen J, Gordon-Larsen P, Guilkey D, Jacobs DR, Jr, Popkin BM. (2011) Environment and physical activity dynamics: The role of residential selectivity. Psychology of Sport and Exercise 12: 54-60.